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Hepatitis A

Description:

It is a viral infection that affects the liver and blood.

Effects:

  • You can pass it on to your sexual partner(s)

Cause:

  • Unprotected rimming (mouth to anus contact)
  • Through contaminated food or water

Symptoms:

  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Jaundice (yellow colouring of the eyes and skin)
  • Nausea
  • Tiredness

Treatment:

  • You may need medical treatment

Prevention:

  • Get a Hepatitis A vaccination free from your GUM/STI clinic
  • Protect your sexual health - always use a new condom correctly and put it on before you have sex

(Source: Health Service Executive (HSE), 2007)